UAlbany Athletics

Football Earns A Record-High Six All-CAA Honors

UAlbany Sports Information   11-22-2016
RICHMOND, Va. -- Announced by the conference office Tuesday, the University at Albany football team had six players earn 2016 CAA Football All-Conference honors. The Great Danes had three first-team selections in sophomore running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, junior fullback Anthony Manzo-Lewis, and senior linebacker Michael Nicastro. In addition, junior defensive lineman Malachi Hoskins and senior cornerback Rayshan Clark were named second-team, while senior offensive lineman Kevin Malloy earned third-team honors.


First-Team All-CAA Offense
Ibitokun-Hanks led the CAA and ranked fourth in the nation with 1,401 rushing yards which ranks fifth all-time at UAlbany for a single season. The Newark, N.J. native ranked second in the conference and fifth at the FCS level with 16 rushing touchdowns. In his sophomore season, Ibitokun-Hanks rewrote UAlbany’s record book, breaking records for single-game rushing yards (298 yards), single-game all-purpose yards (305 yards), and tied the single-game carries record (39 carries), earning the FCS National Player of the Week Award. Ibitokun-Hanks earned CAA Offensive Player of the Week honors twice in the 2016 season. The honor marks Ibitokun-Hanks’ first all-conference nod.

First-Team All-CAA Offense

Manzo-Lewis played in all 11 games for the Great Danes at fullback, recording 16 receptions for a total of 237 yards and a touchdown. Manzo-Lewis averaged 21.5 yards per catch and also played a key blocking role for UAlbany’s strong ground game. The honor marks Manzo-Lewis’ first All-CAA award.

MICHAEL NICASTRO, Sr., LB, Clarksville, Md.
First-Team All-CAA Defense

With 126 tackles on the season, Nicastro led the CAA and tied for fourth in the FCS, averaging 11.5 tackles per game. Starting all 11 games, Nicastro also led the conference and ranked third in the nation with three fumbles recovered, while also recording three interceptions. In just three full seasons on the gridiron, Nicastro finished is career ranked fifth all-time in UAlbany’s record book with 310 career tackles. The honor marks Nicastro’s second All-CAA honor, earning third-team accolades as a redshirt sophomore in 2014.
Second-Team All-CAA Defense

Hoskins ranked third on the team with 82 tackles on the season, and recorded seven sacks, ranking fourth in the CAA. Hoskins set opponents back 42 yards with 11 tackles for a loss, while also forcing three fumbles, and logged a team-high 11 QB hurries. The honor marks Hoskins first All-CAA award.
RAYSHAN CLARK, RSr., CB, Theresa, N.Y.
Second-Team All-CAA Defense

Clark closed his senior season with 40 total tackles, a team-high five interceptions with 87 return yards, as well as two fumble recoveries. Clark scored three defensive touchdowns with one each in wins over Rhode Island, Elon, and Stony Brook. In the final game of his career, Clark picked off two passes and scored a touchdown on a fumble return, garnering his first CAA Defensive Player of the Week award. Playing in 46 consecutive games for UAlbany, the all-conference honor marks Clark’s first.   
KEVIN MALLOY, RSr., OL, East Northport, N.Y.
Third-Team All-CAA Offense

This award represents Malloy’s third straight third-team All-CAA honor. Malloy played in all 46 games of his career, starting every game the last three seasons on the offensive line. At left tackle in 2016, Malloy helped UAlbany to the conference’s fifth-best scoring offense (24.9 ppg) and rushing offense (167.2 ypg), opening up opportunities for running back Ibitokun-Hanks’ record-setting performances.

CAA Football’s All-Conference awards were voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.

The Great Danes finished the 2016 season with a 7-4 overall record and program-best 4-4 mark in the CAA. In addition, UAlbany recorded the program’s first win over an FBS opponent and the program’s sixth victory over a Top-25 FCS team.